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Voices: Tales of Horror
New Edition Preview @ Fantastic Fiction

June 17th, 2018

The good people at Fantasist Enterprises are preparing a couple special editions of Voices: Tales of Horror for release this summer, starting with the book’s first-ever digital edition and following it with a second print edition.

Both will feature a new foreword by Mick Garris (Showtime’s Masters of Horror and the upcoming Nightmare Cinema) and a bonus section featuring an additional story that originally appeared as “Human Caverns” in Fear the Abyss (Post-Mortem Press 2013).

Rewritten for its appearance in the second edition of Voices, the story about a strange discovery in the West Virginia woods will appear under its new title, “Siren,” and will be accompanied by an introduction and a new illustration by World Fantasy Award nominee Jason Zerrillo.

Jason did all the illustrations for the original release of Voices, and it’s great having him … [more at The 21st-Century Scop].

Connolly-Davis Band:
Ready to Shamrock the House for St. Pat’s

March 14th, 2018

The Connolly-Davis Band is ready to shamrock the house this Saturday.

The place will be Riley’s Pour House, where we’ll be performing alongside The Wild Geese, Young John Gallagher, and the Danny McGoo Duo.  The music starts at Noon and continues nonstop on two stages until St. Patrick’s Day 2018 ends at midnight.

Pittsburgh is famous for its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, with niche.com ranking it the number-one place … [More at 21st-Century Scop].

Two Hundred Years Ago Today:
First Publication of a Misunderstood Classic

January 1st, 2018

On New Years Day 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein first appeared in a press run of 500 copies. Though published anonymously, readers at the time assumed it was written by her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley.

That incorrect assumption proved to be only the first of many associated with Shelley’s greatly misunderstood novel.

A few years ago, the journal Dissections published “The Grave Misunderstanding,” an essay in which I address one of those  assumptions. Today, in honor of the novel’s bicentennial, I’m reposting that essay here. If it sparks your interest, you might want to check out the novel.

You will be glad you … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

A Place at the Table with
Lawrence M. Schoen & “Eating Authors”

December 18th, 2017

One of the more interesting blog themes to come down the pike in recent years is Lawrence M. Schoen’s Eating Authors, which features some of the biggest names in fantasy and sf reminiscing about memorable meals.

Since launching the blog in 2011, Schoen has featured hundreds of stories by the likes of Gregory Benford, Brenda Clough, Joe HaldemanCat Rambo, and many more. And this week I get to join the feast with a story of my own that takes place half a world away, behind a barrier they used to call the iron curtain. It centers on a meal of cold meats, chilled vodka, and cool music.

Got a few minutes? Pull up a chair and click here. I’ll meet you on the other side.